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originally posted by: strongfp
originally posted by: rickymouse
originally posted by: selfharmonise
You are very wrong in this.
Please don't take offence, but I absolutely felt the same way until I lost my dogs and began to build relationships with the birds in my garden.
Species have similarities.. But individuals do have intelligence and distinct personalities.
They are pretty amazing.
a reply to: swanne
I can verify this too. The birds and animals play and they seem to work as teams sometimes. The animals all seem to have consciousness, even the bugs seem to have consciousness. We just think we are way more intelligent, but really we aren't. I used to believe animals had no personality or advanced thinking up till about ten years ago. I am embarrassed to say I had believed in something that was not true for around fifty years.
I used to think it was habits or instincts. I knew that dogs could be trained. I did not realize that other animals have advanced communication and also try to communicate with us till recently. We are just to dumb to understand them. I have never been good at foreign languages.
We are on a league or our own in the animal kingdom. technically, we are still part of the animal kingdom, we share attributes, behaviors, genetics, etc, etc. But our intelligence has surpassed ANY creature on this planet.
A good example is technology. it's simply a way of manipulating the universe around us, directly. And extension of our knowledge and intelligence. And we build upon it, starting off slow, but rapidly advancing and sometimes instantly advancing in some cases.
I guess I could say, we don't see Gibbons or elephants arc welding, and reading blue prints, because they don't have the capacity of intelligence as we do.
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: multichild
One problem: neanderthal DNA is "toxic" to H. Sapiens. We are slowly working most of it out, with less and less Neanderthal in humanity as time goes on.
originally posted by: Talorc
Source for this?
Also, how are we "working out" Neanderthal genes?
Also, I assume you're aware that some Southeast Asian groups have a high Denisovan contribution in addition to the Neanderthal, and that African populations have a high contribution from an unknown hominid species (I.e. non-human). I always laugh when people try to tout African populations as being the only "pure humans." They aren't, not by a long shot.
All in all, I seriously doubt we'll ever be fully rid of non-human elements in our genome. It's there to stay.